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Honeybee Centre produces natural honeybee products including a number of specialty honeys, pollen, nutritional supplements, natural soap, and beeswax candles.
We produce several varieties of pure honey, bee pollen, and beeswax from our beekeeping operations. We augment our own production with specialty items from suppliers that are well-known to us and that have the same strong commitment to quality.
We package our pure honey and other honeybee related natural products locally at our facilities in Surrey, British Columbia. We use only natural ingredients and no preservatives (except honey of course, which is a natural preservative).
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Honeybee Centre pollinates a number of fruit crops for local growers, including blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries. Our beekeepers move honeybee colonies into fields near the beginning of the bloom cycle and remove the colonies near the end of the bloom. The honeybees visit thousands of blossoms collecting nectar and pollen to provide food for the colony, which also serves the crop by pollinating the plants.
The bees use the nectar collected from the blossoms to make honey. If the nectar used to make the honey is from a single type of blossom, it is known as mono-floral honey. An example of this is blueberry blossom honey, which is made with the nectar from blueberry blossoms. Honey that is made from nectar from a variety of plants throughout the season is typically referred to as wildflower honey. Each variety of honey has its own unique colour, flavour, and aroma.
When the honeybee colonies are removed from fields after the bloom cycle, surplus honey is removed from the colony and is ready for extraction as mono-floral honey. Since Honeybee Centre is a major pollinator of fruit crops, we produce a number of mono-floral specialty honeys including:
- Blueberry honey
- Raspberry honey
- Cranberry honey
- Blackberry honey
- Pumpkin honey
Honeybee Centre also produces honey from the Peace River area of northern British Columbia and Alberta, which is world famous for its prolific production of clover and alfalfa honey. The abundance of food for honeybees in this area serves to strengthen the honeybee colonies for the upcoming winter season.
Honeybee Centre operates its own Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) approved Honey Producer – Packer facility (CFIA #2792). Honey collected from our colonies is extracted from the honeycomb frames using our automated extraction line. During this process the honeycomb is uncapped and honey is removed from the comb using a centrifuge. The honey is then pumped into settling tanks where most wax particles float to the top, thus leaving what is termed as “raw” honey. At this point in the process, we pour some of the raw honey directly from the settling tanks into containers for our customers that desire “raw” honey.
Raw honey contains all of the goodness that honey can offer, plus little bits of wax and the occasional bee part. Since most people desire honey with no visible particles, we filter the majority of our honey to remove all visible particles. This is done by warming the honey to the temperature of the inside of a honeybee colony on a hot day, and pumping it through a 50 micron filter. This meets the “Canada #1” honey grade, while retaining the nutritional benefits by leaving the majority of the pollen in the honey.
The pasteurization process for honey is used to maximize the time that a jar of honey will remain free of visible crystallization, thus increasing shelf appeal. The downside to pasteurization is that much of the nutritional value of honey is destroyed by high temperatures, or removed by super fine filtering. For more information see About Honey.
Creamed honey is made from pure liquid honey through a controlled crystallization process to produce very fine uniform crystals This results in a thick, creamy smooth honey. Creamed honey has nothing added and has the same nutritional value as its liquid counterpart. Honeybee Centre has specially designed equipment, plus the experience and expertise, to produce consistent batches of high quality creamed honey for our customers.
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Our infused honey spreads are a delicious combination of clover honey infused with fresh berries, herbs, or nuts. We began producing infused honeys because of the high demand from our loyal customers. Our most popular infusion is our Cinnamon in Honey.
In order to keep to our core values of providing healthy natural products based on honey and honeybee products, we insisted on using only completely natural ingredients and locally produced whenever possible. We purchase locally grown blueberries, raspberries and cranberries, and organic cinnamon from Indonesia. We produce these products in our own facilities with a large commercial mixer and a lot of taste testing.
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The honeybee hive is known as Nature's Medicine Cabinet because of the health and healing properties of all of the major honeybee produced substances. Pollen is known as a natural multivitamin and good source of all of the essential amino acids. Propolis is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, and is used to boost the immune system. Royal Jelly is used to treat a number of ailments, and to support the immune system and stimulate mental clarity. Royal Jelly has a long history of use in traditional Asian medicine.
Apitherapy is the use of honeybee produced substances for health and healing. Traditionally, a combination of honey, pollen, propolis, and royal jelly are taken as a natural broad spectrum nutritional supplement to support the immune system and promote good health. See About Apitherapy to learn more.
Honeybee Centre collects its own pollen and augments it with pollen produced by other beekeepers in British Columbia and Alberta. We also produce a number of blends of honey, pollen, propolis and royal jelly in our own CFIA approved facilities.
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Beeswax, honey, royal jelly, and propolis are all used as ingredients in natural body care products. The unique characteristics of beeswax gives a certain solidity to emulsified solutions, facilitates the formation of stable emulsions, and increases the water holding capacity of ointments and creams.
Honey is used as a skin moisturizer, softener, and restorer of the skin's own moisturizing factors in creams, soaps, shampoos, and lip balms. Royal jelly is principally used for skin refreshing, regeneration, and rejuvenation. Propolis is used for tissue regeneration and for its bactericidal and fungicidal properties.
Honeybee Centre has a line of natural soaps manufactured in small batches using traditional soap making methods. The skin moisturizing benefits of the natural honeys, vegetable oils, essential oils, and beeswax can be felt in the gentle cleansing nature of our soap bars. Unlike detergent based commercial soaps, which can irritate and dry the skin from repeated use, Honeybee Centre soaps retain the natural moisturizers which occur in the soap during the saponification of the vegetable oils, and as such are great for people with sensitive skin, psoriasis or other dry skin conditions.
Our lip balm is made with our pure beeswax and a number of natural seed oils including carrot seed oil and raspberry seed oil, which provide natural sun block protection.
All of our natural body care products are made locally to our specifications.
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Pure beeswax is used for producing clean burning candles, skin creams, soaps, lip balms and has a host of other uses (see About Beeswax and Candles to learn more).
Honeybee Centre produces its own beeswax and augments it with beeswax produced by other beekeepers in British Columbia and Alberta.
We use this pure beeswax to produce beautiful beeswax candles, natural soap, and lip balm. We produce traditional hand-dipped tapered candles and an array of poured beeswax candles using high quality molds, including a line of "Health" candles created by Artist Goran Miskovic. Goran graduated from the Emily Carr institute in the mid 1980’s and has specialized in casting using virtually any medium available from hydrostone to bronze.
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